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Infrastructure: Space Infrastructure – TSR 2017

Infrastructure: Space Infrastructure - TSR 2017 examines global human spaceflight operations, launch vehicles from all spacefaring nations, communications satellite constellations, PNT satellites, Earth observation and remote sensing satellites, defense satellites,…

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Infrastructure: Space Infrastructure – TSR 2018

Infrastructure: Space Infrastructure - TSR 2018 examines global human spaceflight operations to include both the Chinese and US space stations, launch vehicles from all spacefaring nations, communications satellite constellations, PNT…

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Infrastructure: Spacecraft Overview – TSRQ1 2019

Infrastructure: Spacecraft Overview - TSRQ1 2019 examines global spacecraft/satellite operations conducted throughout the three space sectors, military, civil government, and commercial. This edition covers communication, PNT, and Earth observation/remote sensing…

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2018 – BeiDou/CentiSpace

Of all the nations deploying and operating PNT satellites in 2018, China was the busiest. At the beginning of 2018, the nation’s PNT system, known as BeiDou (Compass), consisted of…

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2017 – BeiDou

In 2017, China continued expanding its BeiDou constellation, the nation’s space-based PNT system. Launching two BeiDou satellites, the nation’s share increased to 26% of all PNT satellites. The 25 Chinese…

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2016 – BeiDou

China’s expansion of its positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) constellation, BeiDou, continued during 2016. The country’s share of the world’s orbiting operational PNT satellites increased to 23%, one percentage point…

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2015 – BeiDou

In 2014, China had paused in its BeiDou PNT satellite launch activities with its BeiDou satellites making up ##% of the global PNT satellite fleets. There were ## BeiDou satellites…

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2014 – BeiDou

China was uncharacteristically inactive in terms of PNT satellite launches during 2013 and 2014. A new navigation test satellite the Chinese were expected to launch for phase 3 of the…

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2008 – BeiDou

China is planning to supplement its Compass Satellite network already in development. In April 2007, China launched BeiDou-2, the first MEO satellite for Compass. Plans have been announced for the…

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2009 – BeiDou

In April 2009, China launched BeiDou-2, the second GEO satellite of its planned Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS). The system will consist of ## MEO satellites for global coverage and…

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